HAROLD R. MERWARTH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Although paralysis of the peripheral portion of the facial nerve is a very common disorder, its occurrence as a result of localized compressive bleeding in hypertensive vascular disease has been regarded as rare. Whereas hemorrhage into the facial aqueduct as a cause of facial palsy was recognized by earlier observers, their pathological findings and opinions have been ignored recently in the tabulated causal classifications of facial paralysis.
Since 1925, 468 cases of facial paralysis peripheral in location have been observed. Eighteen of this number were myoclonic facial palsies. Although the ultimate picture of myoclonic paralysis resembles that of the contractured
MERWARTH HR. THE OCCURRENCE OF PERIPHERAL FACIAL PARALYSIS IN HYPERTENSIVE VASCULAR DISEASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;17:298–307. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-17-2-298
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1942;17(2):298-307.
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